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Flower Show Cyber Monday Sale Starts at Midnight!

November 25, 2012
Good news! We’re having a Cyber Monday sale. Enter promo code BRILLIANT when purchasing Flower Show tickets at and you’ll receive $2 off adult, student and child general admission tickets. You can also save $5 on a Flower Show Value Pak, which includes four general admission tickets and a FREE one-year PHS Membership. Offer valid Monday, November 26 from 12:00 am – 11:59 pm EST. Remember, tickets make great gifts!

Won’t You Join the PHeaSt?

October 8, 2012

What is a PHeaSt? On October 19, 2012, from 7 to 10 pm, PHS will transform its warehouse and grounds at the Philadelphia Navy Yard into a rustic party venue for PHeaSt, a one-of-a-kind celebration of fantastic farm-to-table dishes. PHeaSt will feature inspired culinary collaborations between the region’s finest chefs and local growers in support of the PHS City Harvest program, which grows fresh organic produce to feed more than 1,000 families in need every week.

The centerpiece of the event will be a mammoth handmade table, which will underscore PHS efforts to “bring everyone to the table” for celebration and collaboration. Guests will be treated to a corral of tasting tables where they can also visit with local celebrity chefs, farmers, and growers who will create seasonal masterpieces using local bounty.

Guests will be invited to participate in the People’s Choice Award with chance to win a gift card to the restaurant garnering the most votes. The evening will also offer entertainment, outdoor fire pits, and twilight views of the Navy Yard. Tickets are $150; VIP tickets are $300. To purchase tickets, please click here.

To whet your appetite for PHeaSt, below are a few of the chefs who will be in attendance. Full profiles can be found on our Pinterest board here.

Situated on the second floor in the historic Provident Bank Building just off fashionable Rittenhouse Row, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse wins accolade after accolade, year after year. Executive Chef David Boyle is paired with Growing Home Gardens (a project of the Nationalities Service Center) growers Adam Forbes, Dilu Kaflay, Lun, and Htee Da Win t.

Katie Cavuto Boyle
Katie is a registered dietitian and personal chef with Healthy Bites, a catering, meal delivery, and nutritional services company in Philadelphia. She was awarded Philadelphia Magazine’s“Best of Philly” Nutritionist for 2012 and is the consulting dietitian for the Philadelphia Phillies. At PHeaSt, Katie will be paired with Earthskeepers growers Alia Walker and youth.

Esquire magazine hailed Lacroix the “Best New Restaurant in the United States” upon its premiere in 2003. Executive Restaurant Chef Jon Cichon, incorporates his experience with international cuisine by combining Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Japanese, and American flavors to create his own infusion. Chef Jon will be paired with Farm 51 growers Andrew Olson and Neil Santos.

The three Marathon restaurants share the goal of providing the highest quality fresh food at an excellent value, while striving to create relationships and build strong partnerships through their metal-smiths to the mural artists they work with to the farmers they buy from, and urban farms they hope to build. Chef Justin Robertson will be paired with Marathon Farm grower Eddy Branch.

Talula’s Garden dubbed it “The Toughest Table in America,” and The New York Times praised the “handsome, deceptively complex and masterfully executed” food, likening the experience to a “spiritual retreat.” The Talula’s Garden experience also earned a spot on the 2010 “Saveur 100” list. Chef/Owner Aimee Olexy and Executive Chef Sean McPaul will be working with Monsieur Tom Culton of Tom Culton Biologique.

See more chefs and growers on our Pinterest page!

Plan Your Week with PHS, including Saturday’s Fall Garden Festival

September 18, 2012

The next few days are a flurry of activity for PHS, so we thought we’d break it down for you. If you are somehow able to attend all these events and activities, you will most certainly earn our admiration and appreciation.

Pear Pairing – 09/19
Join PHS for a festive evening in the PHS Pop Up Garden. Celebrate autumn in the garden with samples of Subarashii Kudamono Asian pear wine, made from Pennsylvania-grown gourmet Asian pears, paired with slices of fresh Asian pears, as well as a selection of local, artisan cheeses and breads, courtesy of Fair Foods.

Also, you can purchase PHS hats and t-shirts, artful seed packs, pots and plants, and more at the PHS Pop Up Shop  during this event. Pear Pairing is a free event, open to guests 21 and older. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. More information.

Roots to Re-Entry Forum – 09/20
Learn about the PHS Roots to Re-Entry jobs training program as part of the Urban Sustainability Forum. This panel discussion among partners and stakeholders will discuss the strategies for (and importance of) getting once-incarcerated individuals empowered for employment. The evening discussion takes place at the Academy of Natural Sciences. More information.

Firstrust Day at the Pop Up Garden & Park(ing) Day – 09/21
Join us back in the Pop Up Garden for a presentation by celebrity chef Hope Cohen, presented by Firstrust, an official sponsor of the garden. Little Baby’s Ice Cream will be on site selling its delicious, locally made treats. More information.

Also, across from the garden, PHS will participate in the international Park(ing) Day by setting up a one-day mini-park in a metered parking space on Walnut Street. Learn more about Park(ing) Day here.

PHS Fall Garden Festival – 09/22
Start the fall season with a fantastic celebration! The 2012 PHS Fall Garden Festival takes place on the first day of autumn at the Navy Yard, an exciting location with a mix of historic structures and riverfront views. The festival is all about family, and we’ll have great activities for kids, shopping for adults, a preview of the 2013 Flower Show, and much more. The PHS Young Friends will bring back their popular Biergarten featuring Victory brews. Click here for details.

The Fall Garden Festival will also include two friendly competitions: “Garden Bounty” and “Garden Giants.” For entry information, click here.

Carla Hall and Daphne Oz of ABC’s “The Chew” will be there with live demonstrations, Q&As, giveaways and more! Catch The Chew weekdays at 1 pm on 6abc.

The Fall Garden Festival is free and open to everyone (although there are definite perks to being a PHS member). See you there!

Our Gift to You: Join Us in the Pop Up for a Pear Pairing!

September 5, 2012

As a thank you to our loyal blog readers, PHS invites you to the Pop Up Garden to enjoy samples of local cheeses and breads from Fair Food, herbs from the garden itself, and samples of fresh Asian pears and Asian pear wine—all during a bucolic event on Wednesday, September 19 from 5 to 7 pm at 1905-15 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.

Fair Food has been uniting local farmers with businesses and consumers for more than ten years. They promote the importance of family farms and create a year-round marketplace for fresh, local, and humane food products in the Greater Philadelphia region. The Asian pear wine comes courtesy of Suarashii Kudamono, which is based in the Lehigh Valley and means “wonderful fruit” in Japanese.

Pear Pairing in the PHS Pop Up Garden is a free event for our social media fans who are 21 and older. Registration is required at Sign up soon because space is limited! And for a great recipe using Asian pears, visit our Pinterest recipe board.

You’re Invited: Garden Party at SugarHouse

July 27, 2012

Flower Show sponsor SugarHouse Casino will host a mid-summer garden party on Monday, July 30 from 6 to 8 pm. Sip cocktails and snack on hors d’oeuvres as a PHS representative shares insider information on the region’s top gardens and landscapes.

Other elements of the evening include flower-arranging demonstrations and makeup tutorials from Sephora. A free gift bag with floral delights will be given to all attendees. Plus you can enter to win an escape to Longwood Gardens!

To attend this free event, RSVP with your full name and phone number to Click here to see the invitation. See you there!

Miss the Flower Show? It Lives On in Philadelphia!

June 26, 2012

The 2012 Flower Show lives on in Philadelphia in unexpected ways: Beautiful palm trees from the Show have been transplanted to the front of some of Center City’s most exciting addresses, including the Ritz Carlton Hotel and the Shops at the Bellevue.

Also, elements of the Flower Show and parts of the PHS exhibit have been incorporated into the new PHS Pop Up Garden. Come see for yourself at 1905-15 Walnut Street. The garden hours are as follows:

Tuesdays through Fridays, from 11 am to 2 pm
Thursday evenings from 5 pm to 7 pm
The second Saturday of each month from 9 am to 1 pm

For more information about the garden and its features, sponsors, and programming, click here. We hope you have the opportunity to relive some of the Flower Show around Philadelphia this summer!

PHS Partners with CHOP on Rooftop Garden Project

June 7, 2012

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has partnered with Groundswell Design Group to create an outdoor space for children who typically must spend a lot of their time indoors. A beautiful rooftop garden, called the Sea Garden, was inspired by the original Seashore House with the goal of bringing the calm of the sand and the sea to patients and families. In addition to the beautiful design, the garden will host ongoing educational programming for patients and families that will include everything from alphabet gardening and story-telling, to nutrition and healthy eating.

The Sea Garden features different types of plants: natives, edibles, shrubs, and flowers—helping children with different challenges bloom and grow to the best of their abilities. PHS is working with CHOP to sustain the space, and will provide educational support for those who tend the garden. Meadowbrook Farm will be supplying seeds, vegetable plants, and herbs to be grown in the garden this summer for the children to maintain and enjoy. For more information about this inspirational project, click here.

Pictured above at the garden’s ribbon-cutting ceremony are  (from left to right): David Fierabend, principal at Groundswell Design Group; Madeline Bell, president and chief operating officer of CHOP; Maitreyi Roy, senior vice president of programs and planning at PHS; and Julie Snell, PHS project manager.

Pass the Teapot and Pour the Wine

May 31, 2012

The more you learn about something, the more you enjoy it, right? We have two events coming up about beloved daily pleasures, tea and wine. These are great opportunities to enhance your tea-drinking and wine-drinking experience—and wow your friends with all you have learned about these lovely beverages.

The Pleasures of Tea: An Evening Tasting & Lecture
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 6 pm – 8 pm at PHS

Join PHS for an evening of discovery about the cultivation and enjoyment of tea with tea expert Anupa Mueller, owner and founder of Eco-Prima Tea in Tarrytown, New York. We will taste and compare eight to ten different teas from renowned tea regions of the world, with an emphasis on India and China. And with a nod to our upcoming PHS trip to South India, high quality Darjeeling, Assam, and Nilgiri teas will be included. A brief introduction will precede the tasting, covering the history and origin of tea, growing and harvesting/manufacturing methods, seasonal variations, and pointers on how best to store and steep tea. After the tea tasting, Allison Rulon-Miller, founder of From Lost to Found Travel, will talk about the upcoming trip in January 2013.

Wine Lecture: The Horticulture of Wine
Thursday, June 21, 2012 6 pm – 8 pm at Meadowbrook Farm

Wine is now America’s number-one alcoholic beverage of choice, but did you know the most important aspect of wine is horticulture?

Environmental educator Brenda Sullivan will review the history of wine through the ages, as well as current trends that have made wine so popular. She’ll explore varieties, pathogens, pesticides, pruning and environmental trends. This session will conclude with a wine tasting, including local sustainable wine that will wow you!

A Pop of Color on the Parkway

May 22, 2012

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As part of the recent City in Bloom event, PHS oversaw the installation of giant “lollipop” plantings in Logan Square!

Taking a nod from traditional British topiary—next year’s Flower Show theme is brilliant, after all—these orb-like elevated plantings consist of Coleus ‘Sedona’ and orange lantanas. The PHS Public Landscape Design and Management team had the idea, and Tom Reber and Bernie Pettit from Meadowbrook Farm were commissioned for construction. Both men had experience with planting and caring for hanging baskets—although this project is on a much bigger scale!

Black iron pipe (meant for plumbing work) was fashioned into a globe-like shapes and covered in coconut fiber. Each sphere was then filled with about six bags of soil. Next, the men cut slits into the coconut fiber and plugged in the plants.

As you can see from the photos, the plantings aren’t exactly bursting with color yet, but Tom Reber says the recent warm temperatures will lead to a brilliant pop of orange in a week or so. When you are in Center City, enjoying everything about With Art Philadelphia, admire these whimsical additions to the Parkway landscape.

Begonia Bonanza at PHS McLean Library

May 17, 2012

The arts are alive in Philadelphia, and we are all eagerly anticipating the opening of the Barnes Foundation’s newest campus!

To celebrate art and horticulture, PHS presents The Art of Begonias, now through June 1.* Located in the McLean Library on the first floor of PHS headquarters at 20th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia, the exhibition will feature a selection of spectacular begonias from the Delaware Valley Chapter of the American Begonia Society and from Meadowbrook Farm.

Also on display will be some beautiful paintings and drawings from the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators, some of which will be for sale. The exhibition will culminate with a begonia sale on June 1. Admission is free and the event is open to the public; Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5pm. To complement this exhibition, the following lectures will be held in the library:

Caring for Begonias, Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 6 – 7 pm
Begonia care is very straightforward and rewarding.  Begonia enthusiast Ed MacFarland will demonstrate that by adhering to a few simple rules, one can be rewarded with some extremely attractive flowers, foliage, or both.

The Art of Garden Photography, Thursday, May 31, 2012, 12 – 1 pm
Tired of over-exposed, under-exposed, or unfocused photos of your garden and plants?  Improve your  picture-taking skills with a few tips and tricks from PHS Publications Director Pete Prown.

Painted Leaf Begonias, Thursday, May 31, 2012, 6 – 7 pm
Among the various types of begonias, the B. Rex are some of the most beautiful and stunning plants. Sometimes called painted-leaf begonias or fancy-leaf begonias, these plants are known for their showy leaf colors.  Join us as Meadowbrook Farm staffer Brandon Huber discusses how to grow and maintain these breathtaking plants.

Plant Sale, May 31 & June 1, 9 am – 5 pm
Purchase beautiful begonias and other must-have plants from Meadowbrook Farm. While supplies last.

For more information about the lectures, call Marilyn Reynolds at 215-988-8872.

The McLean Library has a circulating collection of 15,000 books and DVDs on gardening and plant care, botany, urban greening, and more, as well as research collections consisting of rare gardening books, a vintage seed catalog collection, and the PHS archives, including those from the Philadelphia International Flower Show.

*the exhibit will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28

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